The MSAH and its Preparedness Unit oversees and coordinates preparedness for special situations and emergency conditions concerning social and health care. The aim is to safeguard the social and health services and the functional capacity of the population in all situations.

The Preparedness Unit supervises the preparedness planning and provision of agencies and institutes within the Ministry’s sector. The Preparedness Unit handles issues that concern preparedness planning in the Ministry and in its administrative sector, preparation for disturbances and exceptional circumstances, and safety planning for operating units in the administrative sector.

The Unit is headed by Pekka Tulokas.

In line with legislation, the social and health authorities, institutions, private sector operators and NGOs ensure together that they can operate as unhindered as possible, including in emergency conditions. This involves prior preparations, training and standby planning.

Assisting with this is the Advisory Board for Health and Welfare in Emergency Conditions, a committee appointed by the government. 

For information on comprehensive security and overall government strategy for safeguarding the functions vital to society, please see

Further information

Pekka Tulokas, valmiusjohtaja 
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Department for Safety, Security and Health / TUTO, Preparedness Unit / VAL Telephone:0295163202   Email Address: